Macready! Dickens' Theatrical FriendMark Stratford
A universal tale of love, devotion, ambition and sacrifice!
Back at The Questors Theatre for another year after the critically acclaimed, sell-out performances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mark Stratford has done it again with this show in tribute to one of the great theatrical pioneers.
This compelling production tells the story of the great Victorian actor-manager, William Macready – the man to whom Charles Dickens dedicated ‘Nicholas Nickleby.’ A universal tale of love, devotion, ambition and sacrifice, it is one of the most remarkable ever to come out of the theatre.
With passion, humour, emotion, and an array of characters, Stratford will take you on a journey through the fascinating world of Victorian theatre and the extraordinary, yet conflicted life of Macready, from his first tentative steps on stage in a tatty country theatre to his final ever performance at the mighty Drury Lane!
"Stratford’s remarkable ability to tell Macready's story and create characters brings it all to life”**** (Broadway Baby)"A fascinating and insightful production" **** (LondonTheatre1)"An entertaining, informative and impressive production... Stratford’s account of Macready’s life whizzes by in the company of one remarkable actor sharing the story of another" **** (Fairy Powered Productions) "Mark Stratford has come up with a fascinating show which brings Macready to life"**** (ReviewsGate)"A very masterclass in how to do a one-man play...a joyous tribute to the acting profession... Stratford’s warm, engaging personality shone through each of the many characters he portrayed" (The Cambridge Critique)"An entertaining portrait...a timeless story of struggle, perseverance and sacrifice in making a living from one’s art" (British Theatre Guide)"What a performance! Mark Stratford truly becomes Macready, he does not just act it" (Southwark News)"The play shows us the many ups and downs of Macready’s career and it’s gripping to watch" (GScene)